Built by Mitsubishi. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). Assigned to an unknown Kokutai. No known markings.
This Zero operated from Babo
Airfield. While parked in a revetment, this aircraft was damaged by a nearby bomb blast that broke and twisted
its tail upside down. In front of this Zero, a Nissan Hucks Starter vehicle was abandoned.
Until at least 1991, this Zero remained at Babo
Airfield in situ. This Zero was easily identifiable due to the distinctive twisted tail. Whereabouts
Bruce Fenstermaker adds:
"I did not salvage this Zero in 1991. My plan was to leave this wreck as one of those on display for tourists visiting the airfield."
Pacific Aircraft Wrecks page 15 (lower)
Aeroplane Monthly "A Shadow of the Rising Sun" by John Hooper January 1974
Thanks to Jim Long for additional information
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January 31, 2018